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    These undrafted guards could be good.

    Eric Young


    OG | (6'3", 310, 5.25) | TENNESSEE

    Strengths: Possesses good height and adequate bulk at OG position. Does a fine job with hand placement and will generally sustain once locked on. Shows good initial quickness and is a natural knee bender. Can shuffle laterally and mirror double move so long as he's not in too much space. Shows adequate awareness in pass pro. Has longer arms and does a good job of using them to steer pass rushers. Displays adequate initial pop with hand punch and has a strong upper body.

    Weaknesses: A bit top heavy. Quick in the short area but gets in more trouble the more space he's in. Takes some poor angles as a run blocker and will struggle to recover. Gets caught lunging too much on the second level and has trouble hitting the moving target. Durability is obviously a sizeable concern following season-ending injury in 2007.

    Overall: Young arrived at Tennessee in 2003 and redshirted the season. He played in 12 games in his first two seasons (2004-05), including consecutive starts at left tackle in 2005. As a junior in 2006, he started all 13 games at right tackle. Young moved to left tackle and started the Volunteers' first eight games in 2007, but against South Carolina he suffered a left quadriceps tear that required surgery and ended his season. He also had a high ankle sprain in September but missed no playing time. Young is a risk-reward type of prospect. He is coming off of a season-ending quadriceps tear and obviously needs to check out medically. Young does not possess the elite agility to survive in the NFL at tackle, where he spent most of his collegiate career. He's not a massive mauler in the run game, either. With that said; Young possesses the short-area quickness and upper body strength to develop into a solid all-around starting guard in the NFL, assuming he fully recovers. Young is a good value if available in the fourth round.

    Drew Radovich


    OG | (6'4", 301, 5.37) | USC

    Strengths: Possesses good height and relatively long arms for a guard. Displays adequate initial quickness and fires out of his stance with good leverage as a run blocker. Has quick hands and does a good job with hand placement. More of a fist-fighting type than a mauler. Works hard to sustain his blocks. Is a natural knee bender. Aggressive in pass pro. Generally initiates contact, maintains balance and does a good job of mirroring and sliding in the short-area. Displays good awareness. Keeps his head on a swivel, finds twists, stunts and blitzes and plays with good discipline. Seems to have a good understanding of his assignments and the overall scheme.

    Weaknesses: Limited athletically. Displays good short-area quickness but the more space he's in the less effective he becomes. He stays balanced but simply can't recover versus quick double moves at times. Not cut out to protect the QB on the perimeter. Lacks ideal lower-body strength and plays with too narrow of a base. Does not drive defenders off the line of scrimmage as a run blocker. He's feisty and tough, but he's not a mauling type of guard. Rarely overpowers defenders at the point of attack as a run blocker. Will struggle to anchor versus powerful bull rush. Suffered a hip strain that required surgery in 2005, which cost him the majority of that season.

    Overall: Radovich arrived at USC in 2003 and was redshirted. In his first three seasons (2004-06), he played in 25 games, mostly as a reserve at guard and tackle. He moved to guard full time in 2005, playing in the Trojans' first three games. He started all 13 games at left guard in 2006 and played in all 13 games in 2007, starting the final 12 at right tackle. He missed one game because of a hip sprain in 2004 and received a medical redshirt for 2005 after suffering a hip strain that required surgery. Radovich is a feisty, fist-fighting type of guard with adequate short-area quickness but limited range in pass pro and as a run blocker. He spent most of his senior season at right tackle for USC's injury-riddled offensive line. However, there's no question he needs to be protected inside at guard in order to make it in the NFL. He has the frame, toughness and experience to emerge as either a decent starter or quality backup in the NFL. Regardless, Radovich projects as a mid-round pick in the 2008 draft.

    Shannon Tevaga


    OG | (6'2", 312, 5.4) | UCLA
    Strengths: Plays with a mean streak, is physical and can put defenders on their backs. Moves well laterally and can reach defenders lined up on outside shoulder. Takes sound angles to blocks, shows adequate footwork in space and can get into position at the second level. Gets adequate knee bend in pass set, can stalemate blitzing linebackers and can hold ground against bull rushers. Gets set quickly, gets good hand placement and extends arms once in position. Has experience lining up on the left and right side and is somewhat versatile.

    Weaknesses: Lacks ideal range, is going to have problems turning the corner if asked to pull and isn't a great lead blocker on screens. Doesn't have prototypical athletic ability and struggles to adjust to moving targets in space. . Though flashes the ability to counter spin and double moves, base narrows at times, occasionally ducks head and can lose balance. Over commits at times and is late reacting to delayed blitzes as well as line stunts. Occasionally gives up on plays run to the opposite side and gets caught looking for the ball rather than a defender to block. Appears to wear down and may need to shed some weight. While durability isn't a significant concern at this point, he missed two games with a knee injury in 2007.

    Overall: Tevaga contributed immediately and eventually cracked the starting lineup as a true freshman (2004). In his first three seasons at UCLA (2004-06), he appeared in 37 games (31 starts) at right guard. He made 10 starts in 11 games in 2007, missing two games and coming off the bench in another because of a knee injury. Tevaga is a physical drive blocker who can hold his own against bull rushers but he's more effective opening up holes in the running game than he is pass blocking. In addition, his lack of athletic ability limits his upside so he projects as a seventh round pick or rookie free agent.


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    Let's get as many O linemen into camp as we can, and get the best ones to start!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hermhater View Post
    Let's get as many O linemen into camp as we can, and get the best ones to start!
    It was surprising to see that these guys weren't drafted. Also, I should have said a few, not a couple.


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    Quote Originally Posted by royalswin100games View Post
    It was surprising to see that these guys weren't drafted. Also, I should have said a few, not a couple.
    Hell, a lot of the guys that got drafted will never step foot on the field during an NFL regular season game!

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    How about this guy not getting drafted.

    Robert Felton


    OG | (6'3", 315, 5.509) | ARKANSAS

    Strengths: Thickly built mauler with adequate-to-good height. Rarely loses a one-on-one matchup in the phone booth. Drives defenders off the line of scrimmage and typically finishes what he starts. Plays with a mean streak and can be overpowering at times. Adequate short-area quickness when fresh. He gets out of his stance quickly and does a good job with his first several steps on pulls and traps. Takes solid angles as a run blocker and displays good overall hand-placement. Technique in the running game is very good. Plays with a wide base and can anchor at the point of attack versus bull rushers. Though best fits at guard in the NFL has some versatility due to experience at right tackle. He also has been durable and will finish his career with excellent game experience having starting the last 42 game of his collegiate career.

    Weaknesses: Displays below-average mobility. The more space he's in the less effective he becomes. Shows good initial quickness for his size and takes good angles so generally he will get in position as a run blocker, but he really struggles to hit the moving target in space. He gets too high and loses leverage in space. Not a natural knee bender. Does not have the feet or lateral quickness to hold up in pass pro on the perimeter; needs to be protected inside. Struggles to adjust to the double move and can get caught lunging at times. Stamina and overall conditioning must improve. It's obvious when he begins to wear down, as he comes out of his stance higher and slower, which limits his range even more as a run blocker and makes him that much more susceptible to inside quickness in pass pro. Lacks ideal discipline and commits too many penalties.

    Overall: Felton redshirted his first year at Arkansas (2003). In his first three seasons, he appeared in 36 games (29 starts), playing at right tackle (2004-05) and right guard (2006). As a senior he started all 13 games, playing right guard in the first nine games before moving to left tackle for the rest of the season. Felton is a classic mauler. He is big, strong and powerful enough to dominate the point of attack once in position. However, his below-average footwork and mobility limit him both as a run blocker and in pass protection. With that in mind, he projects as a fifth round pick.


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    WOW i didnt realise these guys got left out ! I think we should take a chance and grab one of these outstanding guards. We could try albert at LT grab one of these guys to play guard and the put richardson on RT wow a great YOUNG offensive line !

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpoppachief View Post
    WOW i didnt realise these guys got left out ! I think we should take a chance and grab one of these outstanding guards. We could try albert at LT grab one of these guys to play guard and the put richardson on RT wow a great YOUNG offensive line !
    The next few days should be full of FA signings.

    I think we will try to fill the O line with some of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpoppachief View Post
    WOW i didnt realise these guys got left out ! I think we should take a chance and grab one of these outstanding guards. We could try albert at LT grab one of these guys to play guard and the put richardson on RT wow a great YOUNG offensive line !
    My thoughts exactly.



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